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Senior Leadership Team

Our leaders who drive habitats mission of providing everyone with a decent place to live.

DAVID CRAWFORD

CEO

David J. Crawford serves as CEO of Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity.  Mr. Crawford is a 35-year consumer and business services executive.  He started his career with American Home Shield and had progressive career advancement leading to his appointment as President/COO from 2006 to 2012.  Mr. Crawford was then recruited to CEO of Service America Enterprise, one of Florida’s largest residential/commercial HVAC, appliance and plumbing companies.  In 2016, he came to Dallas to be the President of Miner National Service, a facility services company.  Mr. Crawford has served on several nonprofit boards including the Memphis Habitat for Humanity from 2009 to 2013 and the Memphis Orpheum Theatre.

Mark Brown

COO of Construction
Mark was recently named COO-Construction for Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity. Mark started his career in residential homebuilding over 25 years ago. Before joining Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, Mark held the position of Area President for the Dallas division of K. Hovnanian Homes a national homebuilder helping them grow to become one of Dallas’ top builders.
Mark is a graduate of Baylor University and currently resides in Plano, Tx with his wife.

MELISSA RUTLEDGE

Chief Financial Officer

Melissa has over 25 years of public and private accounting experience that began with the Dallas office of Ernst & Young LLP. After leaving Ernst & Young, she held CFO roles in the energy and construction industries. She has held many leadership roles in the construction industry and her local PTA, who awarded her with a lifetime achievement award.

Melissa earned her BBA in Accounting from Texas Tech University, is a CPA licensed in the state of Texas and holds a Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional (CCIFP) certification from the Institute of Certified Construction Industry Financial Professionals (ICCIFP). She is currently serving as ICCIFP Board Vice Chairman and has served on several ICCIFP committees including the Internal Audit Committee, CCIFP Question Writing Task Force and the Eligibility and Application Committee. She is a member of the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) and is currently serving on the Board of the Dallas CFMA Chapter and is a member of the American Institute of CPA’s.

DONISHA SANTIAGO-ANDERSON

Vice President of Human Resources

Donisha Santiago-Anderson is responsible for the implementation of strategies that enable Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity to attract, hire, train, develop and retain the best talent. She is passionate about building a culture and environment that is engaging, empowering, motivating and ripe for innovative solutions. Prior to Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, she held various positions in human resources with experience in all facets of HR including recruiting and onboarding, benefits administration, employee relations and employee/management training and development. Donisha holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in HR Management and a Masters in Health Administration (MHA) from Governors State University. She is a Certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR), SHRM Certified Human Resources Professional (SHRM-CP) and is a certified Strategic HR Business Partner (sHRBP) by the Human Capital Institute. Donisha is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management and Dallas HR.

CORY HOHWEILER

Vice President of ReStores
Cory Hohweiler has been a key member of the Dallas Habitat team for the last 8 years. He originally started in the construction side of the organization before joining the ReStore team. Since joining the ReStore team, he has been a part of increasing the number of stores from 2 to 4 and the gross sales from 2 million in 2011 to over 4 million in 2015-16.

Before joining Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, Cory held the position of Purchasing Manager at a “Top 100” U.S. home builder where he developed several successful cost-cutting initiatives as well as helped develop new lines of product. He also began volunteering on Habitat projects and was very excited when the opportunity arose to join Habitat as a full time employee.

A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Cory now resides in Denton, Texas with his wife and three kids.

LATOSHA HERRON-BRUFF

Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs

As Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs, Tosha oversees public policy and serves as a liaison and spokesperson within the community. She spends much of her time at City Hall, promoting affordable housing policy and advancing a wide range of issues from equitable access to land and credit, and neighborhood revitalization. Prior to this role, she successfully led Dallas Habitat’s Homeownership center, that has served thousands of families through their counseling and mortgage readiness programs.

Tosha’s housing career began in her father’s real estate company, CENTURY 21 Galloway-Herron, where she helped lead one of the top producing real estate offices in Dallas. She works as a national housing advocate in Washington D.C. on behalf of Dallas Habitat and currently serves on the City’s Housing Policy Taskforce Committee and Children’s Health Advisory Board. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

CARMEN HOLMES

Vice President of Development

Carmen is a native Texan with 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector, most recently serving as executive director of multiple local chapters of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She has also held positions with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and successfully cultivated key relationships and garnered financial support from grassroots donors to major corporate partnerships, at each organization.

She is a graduate of Stephen’s College in Columbia, Missouri. When she’s not in the office, she enjoys spending time outdoors cycling and hiking, along with cooking and spending time with her husband of 20 years and three teenage children.

Gail Misener

Vice President of Volunteer Programs
Gail has been associated with Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity since May 2005 when she first walked on to a build site as a new core volunteer. Since coming on staff in 2011, she has brought more than 30 years of leadership, customer relationship, quality, process improvement, and program management from the high-tech world to her various roles.
During her time at Dallas Habitat, she has managed the compliance of the HUD Neighborhood Stabilization II grant of $32M, and the awarding of City of Dallas funding totaling $2.16M for 68 homes. In her current role, she is responsible for overseeing volunteer construction, volunteer management, and minor home repair programs. This includes ensuring all volunteer constructed homes are built on-time, on budget, and to Dallas Habitat for Humanity’s high-quality standards. Annual production is between 25 and 35 homes. Gail is a member of the North Lake College Construction Management Industry Advisory Board.

Blaine Cowart

Sr. Director of Homeowner Services
Blaine is a passionate, enthusiastic advocate of financial empowerment and affordable housing. Since joining Dallas Habitat in 2011 as an AmeriCorps member, Blaine has held a variety of roles on the Homeowner Services team. During her tenure, Blaine’s efforts have notably led to the expansion of the Homeownership Center – now a HUD-certified housing counseling agency serving over a thousand families annually. Most recently, she implemented Dallas Habitat’s digital initiatives, greatly expanding access to financial education. In her current role, Blaine leads Dallas Habitat’s homeownership counseling, education, and first-time homebuyer programs. A graduate of Austin College, Blaine has extensive community development experience abroad and is fluent in Spanish. She is an avid traveler and enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband in her free time.